Free Comic Book Day: May 4

May 1, 2013 by  
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Get a free comicFree Comic Book Day is baaaack!

On Saturday May 4, 2013, zoom into any participating comic book store and walk out with a FREE comic!  (Possibly more – retailers vary on how many free comics they’ll give away, but you’re guaranteed at least one.)

In Albuquerque, a slew of comic book shops are taking part, including Astro-Zombies, Lobo Anime & Comics, The Comic Warehouse, Kaboom Test Labs, Don’s Paperback Books, and Hastings Entertainment.

Use the Free Comic Book Day store locator to find the store nearest you.

Some shops may also host special events. For example, at Astro-Zombies, they’ll have a sidewalk sale starting at 11 am, and comic artists Aaron Campbell (The Dark Shadow, Green Hornet, and Sherlock Holmes) and Tim Seeley (G.I. Joe) will be there from 12 noon for signings and to meet the crowd. The store is located at 3100 Central Avenue SE.

It might be wise to arrive earlier rather than later at any of the participating Albuquerque comic book stores, in case all the freebies run out!

The Free Comic Book Day free comic giveaway takes place just once a year, on the first Saturday in May.

–Tania


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Albuquerque Comic Con 2013: January 12-13

January 6, 2013 by  
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Albuquerque Comic Con on the weekend of January 12-13, 2013 packs quite a punch. Tickets are cheaper in advance and there’s free admission for our real-life heroes: police, fire fighters, and active military.

The star-studded Albuquerque Comic Con this weekend at the Hard Rock Hotel includes Verne Troyer who played Mini Me in Austin Powers and also appeared in Harry Potter, and Denise Crosby of Star Trek Next Generation and horror films including Pet Semetary.

The cheapest way to play is by buying advance tickets at this Albuquerque Comic Con ticket page. If you wait to buy tickets on the door, adult tickets will cost $5 extra although children’s ticket prices for ages 6 – 12 remain the same. Advance ticket prices are $25 for a two-day pass ($10 for children). A daily pass for either Saturday or Sunday is $15, or $5 for kids. There are also VIP ticket options. Print out your receipt to act as a ticket, and note there is a $2 flat fee on the online tickets, for any quantity ordered. (So if you want three tickets for you and a couple of friends, order them all in one go and pay the $2 only once.)

Police, fire fighters, and active military get free admission if you take your badge and ID.

Albuquerque Comic Con is held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (formerly the Isleta Casino & Resort) at 11000 Broadway SE. It’s about 5 miles south of Albuquerque International Sunport on I-25 exit 215.

–Tania

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Free Comic Book Day: May 5

May 3, 2012 by  
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Get a free comicFree Comic Book Day is baaaack!

On Saturday May 5, 2012, zoom into any participating comic book store and walk out with a FREE comic!  (Possibly more – retailers vary on how many free comics they’ll give away, but you’re guaranteed at least one.)

In Albuquerque, a slew of comic book shops are taking part, including Astro-Zombies, Lobo Anime & Comics, Tall Tales Comics & Novelties, Old West Comics and Games, Don’s Paperback Books, and Hastings Entertainment.

Use the Free Comic Book Day store locator to find the store nearest you.

Some shops may also host special events. For example, at Lobo Anime & Comics the celebrations include Andy Khun signing autographs and doing sketches, a sidewalk sale, and a costume contest for adults and kids.  Lobo Anime & Comics will open at 11 am, at 1016 Juan Tabo Boulevard NE.

Comic artist Aaron Campbell (The Dark Shadow, Green Hornet, and Sherlock Holmes) will be at
Astro-Zombies for signings and to meet the crowd, as will Matt Frank (Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters) & S. Steven Struble (Lil Depressed Boy).  Events start at 11 am at 3100 Central Avenue SE, and they’ll also have a sidewalk sale.

It might be wise to arrive earlier rather than later at stores, in case all the freebies run out!

PLUS, if you’re a true comic book aficionado (which to me means knowing your Toy Story from your Iron Man – go on, laugh at me) you can also read Free Comic Book Day’s exclusive online interviews with comic book artists, writers, and editors.

This free comic giveaway event takes place just once a year, on the first Saturday in May. And no, I’m not going to make a joke about Holy Free Comic Book Day, Batman! That would be beneath me.

–Tania

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Albuquerque Comic Con: January 13-15

January 10, 2012 by  
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Albuquerque Comic Con this weekend January 13-15, 2012 packs quite a punch, with events going on in brightest day, in blackest night… and free admission for kids on Friday.

The star-studded Albuquerque Comic Con this weekend at the Hard Rock Hotel convention center includes guests Lou Ferrigno (aka The Incredible Hulk), and Twilight’s Gil Birmingham, aka Billy Black.  The 2012 comic book and comics in film convention also celebrates 70 years of Wonder Woman, and women in comics and film. (Wonder Woman may be 70 years of age, but she’s not succumbed to middle-age spread, has she? I suppose that’s why she’s a wonder.)

The cheapest way to play is with a $30 full event pass ($10 for children under 12). A daily pass for either Saturday or Sunday is $15, or $5 for children. Kids under age 6 go free with a paying adult.

But on Friday January 13, all kids go free with a paying adult, and the adult pass for Friday is $10.

See the full Albuquerque Comic Con schedule and extra curricular activities, including parties.

The event is held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (formerly the Isleta Casino & Resort) at 11000 Broadway SE. It’s about 5 miles south of Albuquerque International Sunport on I-25 exit 215.

–Tania

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Free Comic Book Day: May 7

May 4, 2011 by  
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Free Comic Book Day is baaaack!

On Saturday May 7, 2011, zoom into any participating comic book store and walk out with a FREE comic!  (Possibly more – retailers vary on how many free comics they’ll give away, but you’re guaranteed at least one.)

In Albuquerque, a slew of comic book shops are taking part, including
Astro-Zombies, Lobo Anime & Comics, Tall Tales Comics & Novelties… and more.

Use the Free Comic Book Day store locator to find the store nearest you.

Some shops may also host special events. We know for sure that at Lobo Anime & Comics (where they’re giving away THREE free comics per person) the celebrations include a Batmobile from 11am to 2pm, plus a sidewalk sale, costume contest, and a free portait to anyone who turns up in costume.  Lobo Anime & Comics is located at 1016 Juan Tabo Boulevard NE.

Comic artist Aaron Campbell (Green Hornet and Sherlock Holmes) will be at Astro-Zombie from 1 to 3 pm for a signing and to meet the crowd. (3100 Central Avenue SE.)

PLUS, if you’re a true comic book aficionado (which to me means knowing your Toy Story from your Iron Man – go on, laugh at me) you can also read Free Comic Book Day’s exclusive interviews online with comic book artists, writers, and editors.

This free comic giveaway event takes place just once a year, on the first Saturday in May. And no, I’m not going to make a joke about Holy Free Comic Book Day, Batman! That would be beneath me.

–Tania

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Albuquerque Comic Con: January 15-16

January 12, 2011 by  
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Albuquerque Comic Con this weekend January 15-16, 2011, packs quite a punch, with events going on in brightest day, in blackest night… and free admission for service personnel and honor roll students.

The star-studded Albuquerque Comic Con this weekend includes guests Lou Ferrigno (aka The Incredible Hulk), Sean Patrick Flanery, Alaina Huffman and more…  The comic book and comics in film convention also offers a gaming room and tournament, panels on subjects including Breaking into Comics and a Star Wars Actors Q&A, a comics in film festival with panel discussion, and a vendor room for all the merch.  Take your autograph book although note that it looks like there’s a fee required for autographs. 

The cheapest way to play is with a $25 full event pass ($10 for children under 12). A daily pass for either Saturday or Sunday is $15, or $5 for children. Kids under age 6 go free with a paying adult.

But (Holy Honor Roll, Batman!) Honor Roll students get free admission! If a New Mexico student grades K-12 has made the honor roll, they can turn up with their current report card and school ID to get in at no charge.

And our real life superheros – active duty military, fire and police personnel – also get in free with ID (plus a badge for police and fire fighters). Sorry, the freebie doesn’t extend to family.

See the full Albuquerque Comic Con schedule and extra curricular activities, including parties at Imbibe and Exhale… ooh, that sounds like an instruction doesn’t it? Bit of a messy one though.

Pre-register at a launch party at Borders on January 14 with free food and special offers, including the chance to get a free event pass or a upgraded VIP pass. The launch party is from noon to 6 pm, at Borders Uptown mall location, 2240 Q St. NE.

The Albuquerque Comic Con takes place at the Hilton Albuquerque, and is run by Tall Tales Comics. Turning up in costume is not only welcomed, it’s encouraged!

Hilton Albuquerque is located at 1901 University Boulevard NE.

–Tania

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Free Comic Book Day – May 1

April 29, 2010 by  
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Free Comic Book Day is baaaack!

On Saturday May 1, zoom into any participating comic book store and walk out with a FREE comic!  (Possibly more – retailers vary on how many free comics they’ll give away, but you’re guaranteed at least one.)

In Albuquerque, a slew of comic book shops are taking part, including
Astro-Zombies, Lobo Anime & Comics, The Comic Warehouse, Tall Tales Comics & Novelties… and more.

Use the Free Comic Book Day store locator to find the store nearest you.

Some shops may also host special events. We know for sure that comic artist Aaron Campbell (Green Hornet and Sherlock Holmes) will be at Astro-Zombie for a signing and to meet the crowd.

PLUS, if you’re a true comic book aficionado and you know your Toy Story from your Iron Man, you can also read FCBD’s exclusive interviews online with comic book artists, writers, and editors.

This freebie giveaway event takes place just once a year, on the first Saturday in May. And no, I’m not going to make a joke about Holy Free Comic Book Day, Batman! That would be beneath me.

–Tania

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Reader Special: Live Comedy Two-For-One Tickets

February 10, 2010 by  
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Mention ABQ on the Cheap to get two tickets for the price of one to see nationally touring comics Freddy Charles, Rusty ‘Z’, and Scotty Goff this month. Regular tickets are $15 each, so that makes double the chuckles when you get TWO tickets for 15 smackeroonies.

Here’s the line up for this deal, offered by the Church of Sex & Ice Cream (button my lip) hosted by Rev. Stephen ‘HAHA’ Hunt at the Inn at Rio Rancho on the next three Fridays in February 2010.
 
Freddy Charles:  Pro touring comic since 1987, writer and performer for TV/commercials including Show Time Comedy Club, and winner of Castle Rock Film Festival’s Best Screenplay in 2009. 
Friday February 12 at 8 pm
Friday February 12 at 10:30 pm

Rusty ‘Z’:  Hypnotic-comic featured on A&E and Comedy Central, who’s put the ‘hip’ in hypnotist at clubs across the country.
Friday February 19 at 7.30 pm

Scotty Goff: Appeared at Laff’s Comedy Club, ABC’s America’s Funniest People, Ed McMahon’s Next BIG Star, and Que Locos on Telemundo. (Apparently there are also dinner and drink specials from Toro Bar & Grill before and during the show.) 
Friday February 26 at 6 pm
Friday February 26 at 8:30 pm

These people all look utterly crazy – but that’s what you want from live comedy, isn’t it? After all, the ‘crazy choice’ is either pols or comics. Know which one I’d rather pay to see.

If you buy tickets at the door, they’re $15 each. Buy in advance and they’re $10. But **DEAL ALERT** mention ABQ on the Cheap when booking, and you’ll get TWO tickets for $15.

See details of the comedy shows  and then call 505-353 6844 to reserve with this offer.

They also offer two tickets for $15 for the military on some shows, with proof of current or previous service. (Good on ’em for that.) So you can take that offer or the ABQ on the Cheap one….  although mentioning us does ensure we’re sent more specials for EVERYONE!

Church of Sex & Ice Cream plays at Inn at Rio Rancho, 1465 Rio Rancho Blvd SE ( Hwy 528 ), Rio Rancho.

–Tania

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Free Comic Scripting Workshop

May 11, 2009 by  
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If you have a kid (or grown-up) who loves to draw comics, you’ll be interested in this.

On Saturday, May 16 (2009), from 1:00 – 2:00pm, join Shirl Sazynski at Loma Colorado Library for Comic-Scripting 101. In this informative workshop, you’ll learn how to create plot summaries, create character bios, and draw basic thumbnails for comics. Minimum age is 14 for participants, and you must register by Thursday, May 14, by calling the Adult Information Desk at 891-5013 ext. 3033.

This event will be held at Loma Colorado Main Library, 755 Loma Colorado Dr NE, Rio Rancho.

–Elizabeth Hanes

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COUPON FOR 15% OFF CARDED ACTION FIGURES: STAR WARS, SUPERHEROES & MORE

April 16, 2009 by  
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If action figures, comics, and anime are your thing, this coupon’s for you!

From now through the end of April 2009, use this coupon to save 15% on all carded action figures at Lobo Anime & Comics. This includes all Star Trek, Star Wars, McFarlane, and superhero carded figures. Great gift idea for the comics enthusiast on your list!

Or, if you just need some extra cash, you can take in your old comics,  action figures, and collectibles and sell them to Lobo Anime. They’re always buying.

Lobo Anime & Comics is located at 1016 Juan Tabo Blvd NE, Albuquerque. They’re open Monday – Saturday 11:00am – 7:00pm and Sundays noon – 6:00pm.

–Elizabeth Hanes

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